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Glenville State Lady Pioneers Advance to MEC Championship

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The No. 18 Glenville State Lady Pioneers advanced to the MEC Championship, for the second straight year, on Saturday as they defeated the West Liberty University Hilltoppers, 98-85.

Glenville State (28-2) forced West Liberty (21-9) into 26 turnovers and converted them into 26 points on the way to the victory.

The Lady Pioneers jumped out to a 10-2 lead while the Hilltoppers started just 1-of-7 from the field with 6:34 to play in quarter number one. Glenville State then held a six point lead at the media timeout, 12-6.

After the timeout, West Liberty went on a 9-6 run as they cut GSC’s lead to three, 18-15. However, the Lady Pioneers retaliated scoring the last four points of the quarter bringing the score to 22-15.

In the second, the pace would favor the Lady Pioneers as we went up and down. Glenville State eventually made some separation as Taychaun Hubbard netted two free-throws as the Lady Pioneers held their largest lead of the game to that point by 11, 40-29 with just 1:39 left until the half. Glenville State and West Liberty then traded four of baskets as GSC led at halftime, 44-33.

In the first half, GSC shot 40 percent from the floor while West Liberty shot 38 percent. However, both teams struggled from behind the arc as they combined going 2-for-22 from three. The Lady Pioneers went just 1-for-9 from deep while the Hilltoppers went 1-for-13.

In the third, Glenville State came out and turned up the defensive pressure while firing on all cylinders as they went on a 15-3 run and raced out to a 23 point lead 59-36 with 6:28 to play. The Lady Pioneers then stretched their lead to 26 points, largest of the game, at the 3:54 minute mark 67-41. However, the Hilltoppers ended the third outscoring the Lady Pioneers 11-3 as they cut GSC’s lead to 16 points 75-59 as the game headed into the fourth.

West Liberty, with their hot shooting, started the fourth on a 18-8 run cutting the Lady Pioneers lead to just six, 83-77 with 3:13 to play. The Hilltoppers further cut the lead to just four at the 1:47 minute mark at 85-81. Ty Armstrong drilled a huge three-pointer for GSC as she put them back up by seven, 88-81 with just over a minute to play.

Glenville State finished off the Hilltoppers as they connected on their free-throws down the stretch to claim the 13 point win, 98-85.

The Lady Pioneers shot 46 percent from the field and 22 percent from deep hitting 5-of-22 three-pointers. The Hilltoppers shot 45 percent in the contest and 31 percent from deep going 9-for-29.

GSC outscored WLU in the paint by eight 58-50 while also winning the rebounding battle by six, 47-41.

Re’Shawna Stone scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Lady Pioneers while pulling down five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Ty Armstrong, who hit a huge shot for GSC, finished the day with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Blazie Burgess continued here strong play in the tournament as she scored 13 points while Zakiyah Winfield chipped in with 10 points.

West Liberty was led by Marissa Brown as she poured in a game-high 32 points and 15 rebounds as he posted a double-double.

Glenville State (28-2) will now play for the MEC Championship on Sunday, March 10th at 1 p.m. from inside the WesBanco Arena. They will face the winner of No. 2 Charleston/No. 3 Concord game.

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